Efficient Drivetrains, EDI PowerDrive™ 7000 Integrated into Blue Bird Type C Bus

OEM electrification kits include extensible EV drivetrain, vehicle control software, and electric power export option for class 4-8 commercial vehicles

MILPITAS, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Efficient Drivetrains, Inc. (EDI), a global leader in advanced high-efficiency zero emissions hybrid and electric drivetrain solutions today announced the integration of the EDI PowerDrive™ 7000 electric drivetrain and EDI PowerSuite™ vehicle control software into a Blue Bird Type C Bus at the annual National Association for Pupil Transit Industry Event.

The new Vision Type C bus will be offered by Blue Bird beginning in 2018.

The new Vision Type C bus will be offered by Blue Bird beginning in 2018, and integrates the Efficient Drivetrains EDI PowerDrive™ EV drivetrain system and EDI PowerSuite™ vehicle control software and telematics, delivering zero-emissions driving, with the expected full OEM power performance of its traditional counterpart. The Type C bus features up to 100 miles of all electric range, full charge time of under 8 hours with standard charging infrastructure, and available battery capacities of 100-150kWh. The announcement follows a recent unveil of a Blue Bird Type D All American RE bus electrified with the same EDI PowerDrive™7000 EV system at the STN tradeshow in July of this year.

Efficient Drivetrains has a long-standing history in electrification of buses. EDI has integrated its EDI PowerDrive™ technology into several models of buses across North America and China. The EDI PowerDrive™ technology has surpassed over 2.5 million miles in a commercial fleet setting of city buses deployed in rural and city routes.

News Highlights:

  • Efficient Drivetrains has integrated the EDI PowerDrive™ 7000 EV drivetrain and EDI PowerSuite™ Vehicle Control software into a Blue Bird Vision Type C bus.
  • Blue Bird previously unveiled an electric Type D All American rear engine (RE) school bus featuring the EDI PowerDrive™ 7000 EV at the STN tradeshow in July of 2017
  • Efficient Drivetrains has long standing history in electrification of buses-integrating its EDI PowerDrive™ technology into several models of buses in North America and China. The EDI PowerDrive™ has surpassed over 2.5 million miles in a commercial fleet setting of city buses deployed in rural and city routes.
  • Electric school buses provide fleet operators with the benefits of zero-emissions driving, clean-air for its students and the surrounding community, and significantly reduced fuel and maintenance costs.
Supporting Quotes:

EDI is pleased to have been selected to collaborate with Blue Bird and their partner Adomani in the development of their latest Type C electric bus. The industry at large is making notable strides in offering zero-emissions alternatives, and we look forward to the growth of electric as a primary fuel-source. ”

-Joerg Ferchau, CEO, Efficient Drivetrains, Inc.

This article also posted to Businesswire.

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